Disney Springs has been reopening its restaurants for guests to get their eatin’ and drinkin’ on while they’re visiting!
Although we’ve been taking you with us to try some great food (Buri Bop is the BOMB), we’re back for a little slice of Italy at Terralina Crafted Italian! Terralina Crafted Italian is owned by James Beard Award Winning Chef, Tony Mantuano, and themed after his love of Lake Como, Italy.
Before you enter the restaurant, there are social distancing markers on the ground to wait behind…
…and a few on the inside to remind guests to keep 6 feet apart from one another.
The hostess is inside currently, so guests can either check-in for their reservation or wait for a table on stand-by.
While you’re waiting, Terralina has hand sanitizer placed around the restaurant for guests and Cast Members to use.
You can also pop over to the indoor bar…
…or outdoor bar for a drink, since they are both open for drinks to-go! You don’t have to tell us twice!
Note, the seating at both bars is done by the hostess, so if you’d like to sit — just ask!
Since Disney is following strict health and safety guidelines, the restaurant has three ways to view the menu. You can look at the limited options outside…
…through a QR code…
…or on disposable paper menus!
The menu at Terralina has been condensed for the time being and there is one all-day menu now, as opposed to different lunch and dinner menus.
Terralina Crafted Italian will also give you a mask bag to place your mask inside while you’re dining.
We appreciated having a sanitary place to store our masks and it was a great way to protect them while we ate.
We decided to start off with the Limoncello Mojito, which happened to be one of Terralina’s most popular drinks! The cocktail was mixed up with imported Arvero Limoncello, simple syrup, and muddled mint.
While the flavors might have been simple, the Limoncello Mojito was super light and fresh!
It reminded us of a minty lemonade, which would be VERY refreshing as a poolside cocktail in the Florida heat.
And, now, on to the eats! Terralina was not doing bread service during our visit due to an abundance of caution, but we still got our fix with an appetizer.
We started our meal off with the Burrata, which came with prosciutto, arugula, lemon, and crostini. Normally, the Burrata is made with in-house pickled beets instead of prosciutto. However, Terralina tends to make them in bulk, so the beets aren’t a possibility at this time with the limited amount of guests. Instead, they’ve decided to mix things up by using an ingredient they have readily available in their kitchen (we’re not complaining!!).
The cracked pepper over the prosciutto added a lovely hint of spice paired with the lemon zest on the burrata. The arugula had a light lemon vinaigrette so we got a lovely citrus flavor to pair with all the savory eats.
We made our own mini DIY sandwich with the crostini, which was WAY better than the sad turkey sandwiches we’ve had over the past several weeks at home… .
This was a really delicious and fresh way to kick off our meal! It was a large serving as well, which would make it a great shareable, or even a lovely lunch or dinner for one.
We thought that nothing could beat that appetizer, but the Rigatoni Calabrese was waiting to make us fall in love with pasta all over again. The dish was mixed with house-made pork sausage, tomato, olive, mushroom, and escarole.
Although we’d normally go for a creamier pasta or something with truffles (who doesn’t love truffles with Italian food??), we were surprised at how much we liked the Rigatoni Calabrese! The flavors blended well together and the bitter escarole balanced the olive oil and butter.
The pork was actually ground instead of sausage links, which made for easier chewing with the pasta. The flavors of the meat really stood out in the dish, which we LOVED.
Although we couldn’t taste the olives too much, we thought that adding extra cheese made the Rigatoni Calabrese even better. Our server even told us that they have one person whose whole job at a point is to make all the little cheese cups (obviously cheese is just that important).
Our server also let us know this is a Chef Tony Mantuano specialty, and has been a staple on the menu since Terralina’s first ideation, Portobello Yacht Club, opened 35 years ago. When in Italy, eat like the Italians!
We aren’t ones to say no to dessert, and we certainly couldn’t pass up the Chocolate Paradiso Cake! The chocolate layer cake was topped with chocolate ganache and toffee crunch (so it was the perfect combination of rich, sweet, and salty!).
Although the cake was previously called Chocolate Paradise (back when Terralina was “Portobello“) we were VERY happy to get another round during our visit.
In addition to a tasty meal, the service was one of the best we’ve had in Disney Springs (so give your Cast Members some well-needed love)! At checkout, our server let us know about a special deal for Florida Residents — 20% off food and alcoholic beverages! Good food at a lower price? Yes, please!
Nosh or Not
Consider dining at Terralina if:
- You’re looking for a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere for a sit-down meal.
- You love Italian food and have a hankering for pasta or wood-fired pizza.
- You’re a local who wants to take advantage of their current discount!
Skip Terralina if:
- You don’t have time for a sit-down meal, and want something on-the-go.
- Italian food isn’t your favorite, or you’d like to try something a bit more adventurous.
Overall, we really enjoyed our visit to Terralina Crafted Italian. The flavors were fresh, the cocktail was refreshing, the service was excellent, and we’re still dreaming about that cake. With so many delicious places to eat at Disney Springs, it was nice to re-visit Terralina, and we look forward to our next visit!
Have you been to Terralina Crafted Italian? What’s your favorite thing to eat? Let us know in the comments below!